Microsoft today officially announced that the next release of SQL Server will be called SQL Server 2017. Microsoft today also announced a new preview of SQL Server 2017. This new preview comes with number of new features, including the ability to run advanced analytics using Python in a scalable way, the ability to store and analyze graph data, and other features that will help you in managing SQL Server for high performance and uptime, including the Adaptive Query Processing family of intelligent database features and resumable online indexing.
This CTP 2.0 is the first production-quality preview of SQL Server 2017, and it is available on both Windows and Linux. Microsoft also highlighted the new world record in the TPC-H 1TB data warehousing workload (non-clustered) which was achieved with SQL Server 2017 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and HPE Prolliant server hardware.
You can read more about the new improvements Microsoft is delivering in SQL Server 2017 CTP 2.0 here.